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10/30/18

Professor Kyoko Nozaki of the University of Tokyo was awarded the Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship 2018: MPI für Kohlenforschung looks back on 40 years of Karl-Ziegler Visiting Professorship

Professor Kyoko Nozaki of the University of Tokyo was awarded the Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship 2018: MPI für Kohlenforschung looks back on 40 years of Karl-Ziegler Visiting Professorship

40 years ago, the scientific highlight in the annual calendar of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim was created by a donation from Karl Ziegler's widow and daughter: the Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship. The family provided funds to enable the regular invitation and awarding of prizes to high-ranking scientists at Karl Ziegler's place of work in Mülheim. Since 1978, 29 renowned guest professors from all over the world have visited the institute and, in addition to a public lecture, held workshops and seminars for the scientists on site. Now the 30th Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship has been awarded to Professor Kyoko Nozaki from the University of Tokyo.

Kyoko Nozaki is a well-known synthetic chemist from Japan, who in her Karl Ziegler Lecture "Coordination copolymerization of propylene with polar monomers" made much reference to Ziegler chemistry and the use of catalysts for polymerization. Nozaki spoke about the possibilities of various metal catalysts in the polymerization process and the production of polypropylene. The professor pointed out that the chemistry, more than 50 years old, which made Ziegler and Natta Nobel Laureates, was still relevant for her. With her current project on polar polypropylene (PPP), she hopes to make important contributions to the further development of materials for the automotive industry.

Professor Tobias Ritter, Managing Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, handed the certificate for the Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship endowed with 5,000 euros to Professor Nozaki. He had started the ceremony with a review of 40 years of Karl Ziegler Lectureship and presented numerous unpublished pictures from the historical archive of the institute, which made some guests smile. Ritter also reported on little-known facts about the exceptional scientist Karl Ziegler, such as his distinction as Sioux chief of the Poncas in 1959. In his laudatio for Nozaki, he pointed out that Kyoko Nozaki had received the award for her outstanding contributions to methods of homogeneous catalysis in synthetic chemistry and her research in the field of polymer chemistry.

Photo: Pro. Kyoko Nozaki with Prof. Tobias Ritter